Royal Navy disposes of suspected WWII bomb in London

January 20, 2017 1:23 pm
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Police stand guard near the cordoned-off Victoria Embankment in London on January 19, 2017, following the discovery of a suspected World War II bomb in the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge/AFP

, LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 19 – Britain’s Royal Navy has disposed of a suspected World War II bomb discovered in London’s River Thames close to parliament, leading to the closure of two bridges, police said Friday.

“Victoria Embankment has now reopened after police and the Royal Navy worked together to remove a suspected WWII ordnance,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Police were called at 5.15pm (1715 GMT) on Thursday to reports of a suspected WWII bomb.

The involvement of the armed forces came hours after police temporarily evacuated Westminster underground station, which serves the Houses of Parliament.

Police boats sit moored to Westminster Pier on the River Thames in London on January 19, 2017, following the discovery of a suspected World War II bomb in the river between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge/AFP 

The rush hour shutdown also saw the closure of Westminster Bridge, in the shadow of parliament’s Big Ben clock, and Waterloo Bridge, both of which have since reopened.

The ordnance was spotted after coming to the surface of the water in the tidal flow of the Thames, a police spokesman told AFP.

A police guards the cordoned-off Victoria Embankment in London on January 19, 2017, following the discovery of a suspected World War II bomb in the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge/AFP 

It was found in the river by Victoria Embankment, close to Horse Guards Avenue where the Old War Office Building is located, which was used by the British government during World War II and was bombed.

More than 12,000 metric tonnes of bombs were dropped on the British capital during the war, according to London’s Imperial War Museum.

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